Elwyn Wilfred Stebbins b. 15 Sep 1870 —  married [Emma] Marion Long who was born 31 Dec 1881


Elwyn Stebbins was a graduate of MIT 1893 with a degree in Mining Engineering. He continued in this field until he retired.

1901 San Francisco Call, Volume 91, Number 18, 18 December 1901 Reports Undergraduates as candidates for degrees for University of California. B.S. College of Mining: Elwyn Wilfred Stebbins

in 1902 …engaged in mining engineering in the Sierra Nevadas in the southeastern part of Butte county

Practicing Engineer

1908 University of California Chronicle, Volume 10 (1908) mentions:  “Elwyn Stebbins has removed his offices of consulting engineer to 819 Mills Building San Francisco”


A 1894 letter exchange between Alfred Stebbins and John Muir suggested the Elwyn Stebbins ventured into Yosemite just after his graduation “..in company with his sister & young ladies & Gentlemen of the University of California…”

1902 Elwyn Engaged to Marian Long

San Francisco Chronicle  June 4, 1902 Page 7 mentions:

An engagement of unusual interest to college society is that of Mies Emma Marian Long of Sacramento – Elwyn Wilfred Stebbins of Woodside.  The two young people have been graduated within the last year from the University of California where they were both prominent in student affairs Miss Long besides making a brilliant record in the classroom as a student devoting herself especially to English and Greek has earned marked distinction in dramatic work. She has taken an interest in student histrionic efforts ever since her freshman year when she took a part in The Assignation presented by the college dramatic club, The Mask and Gown. In her Junior year Miss Long played a leading part in the theatricals given by her class on Junior day acting in the clever curtain raiser entitled A Triumph of Science.  Later she was given an important role in the charter day play Lord Ogleby which won for the student actors unusual praise from the critics. Besides her college dramatic work Miss Long has been seen in numerous private theatricals during her stay In Berkeley and Oakland. Miss Long has in addition to her histrionic ability musical talents which are being cultivated. Before her marriage she expects to devote at least a year to teaching.

Mr Stebbins is at present engaged in mining engineering in the Sierra Nevadas in the southeastern part of Butte county. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Technology and has been a student in the mining department of the University of California for several years having completed his course here last December. He is a member of the Chi Phi fraternity having affiliated with that society when in the East.

About Emma ‘Marian’ Stebbins

Marion was a graduate of University of California Berkely with a M.A. [in drama and an M.A?] in English. She became chairman of the Drama Department [some say Speech and Dramatic Arts] at Mills College in Oakland where she remained until her retirement, although with some years out for study in New York, travel, acting assignments, and administrative positions at Mills College. A 1920 edition of, “The Argonaut” lists Mrs. Elwyn Stebbins of the English Department as the Director of two productions, “The Turtle Dove” and “Prunella”

Emma is also listed as an officer of the The College Women’s Sufferage Club in the book, “Western Women, Volume 1? July 11, 1907.  It may be no coincidence since her sister-in-law Londa Stebbins was also [a director] campaigning at the same time in the same general region.

Emma ‘Marian’ Long Stebbins

Also, The Educational Theatre Journal V 9-10 in 1957 states (by Hubert Hefner) The death of Marian Long (Mrs. Elwyn) Stebbins on 29 September 1956 took from us yet another of the national leaders in academic theatre and in the American Educational Theater Association. Morn in Sacramento on 31..[continued in the next column possibly not attributed to Mrs. Stebbins] ….meticulous and exacting artist in her own work, endowed with remarkable energy and vitality, she could never countenance or condone laziness and low standards in others. Her contributions to the enrichment of the lives of many Mills College women will continue as a heritage…”

February 4 (Year?)  letter from Edith Stebbins Jennings Modesto California to Betty G Stebbins in Santa Cruz California  about her mother, Marion Long Stebbins

Dear Betty, I don’t know much about my mother’s [Marian Long’s] past in terms of documents and letters.

Her mother, Margaret Younger was born in Scotland and emigrated here with her parents–we don’t know when. Margaret Younger married Thomas Mitchell Long here they had five children.

I think Marion (named Emma), was the eldest, born in Missoula Montana. I don’t know just when they moved to Sacramento, but mother went to high school there.

Margaret Long was deserted by Thomas Mitchell Long and raised her five children pretty much alone, although he sent money now and then. He apparently was very able and erratic, and had a compulsion to tell employers how to run their business. (All this is hearsay). Margaret Long taught Elementary School. She had it pretty rough. Her father, according to Jess’s account, was a darling. Aunt Jess was Marian Long Stebbins sister. He (Marion’s Father) was also a very good candy-maker and supported his family here by that Talent. Mother [Marian]  learned from him and use to make wonderful candies. I remember some of the craft, but never did it on my own.

Nor do I know much about my grandmother, Edith Large Stebbins, except that she was well-educated, fairly well-off, that her mother was quite a woman and helped slaves escape through the underground. Edith was quite poor, after Alfred died, and babysat, whatever, but later became quite wealthy through some land purchases Alfred had made in [Spokane] Washington. So Alfred ‘s land speculation gave us all what extra monies have come to us.

I found my grandmother Edith [Large Stebbins] a wonderful person, gentle, courteous, humorous, loving, intelligent, intellectual, secure in herself, most tolerant. — Edith Stebbins Jennings

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1904 Alfred ‘Keith’ Stebbins March 26, 1904 — died July 6 1974
1905 Margaret Stebbins (Peggy) October 26, 1905 — died July, 1970
1908 Edith Stebbins Jennings November 28, 1908  died in or near Modesto in 1992.

1926 May 30, 1926 Oakland Tribune — …Miss Edith Stebbins, daughter of the Elwyn Stebbins of Berkeley, and Miss Mary Pond, daughter of Dr. Chancy Pond, and Miss Mary Catherine Hall, daughter of Mrs. James E. Hall,, will enter the University of California. Miss Horton’s school for girls,

Edith Stebbins, a graduate of Mills College was an actress and a community theater director. In 1946, she married John Jennings and had one daughter: Penelope Ann Jennings born September 4, 1952.

Property Owner:

Permit for Building Granted 1916 (212) S 20 LOT 3, and N 35 lot 20, Map Dell C. Woodward
subdivision, Pagoda Hill, Oakland. All work for one story and basement frame dwelling 
except heating, shades, electric  fixtures, heater. 

Owner Elwyn W. Stebbins. Oakland. 
Architect Albert Farr, 68 Post San Francisco. 
Contractor Joseph Coward, 6081 Claremont Ave., Oakland. 
Filed Feb. 8, '16. Dated Feb. 3, '16. 
Rafters in place $600 
Plastering completed 600 
Completed and accepted 787 
Usual 35 days 663 
TOTAL COST, $2650 
Bond, $1325. Sureties, Fidelity and Deposit Co. Forfeit, $5. Limit, 75 days. 
Plans & Specifications Filed.

Stern in Older Years

His grandchildren only have brief memories, but remember him as stern,  drank scotch and smoked fine cigars while playing bridge (one said often drunk), tolerated no interruptions.  One shared that Elwyn  had some operation related to the colon where he had to have a bag attached, and that his wife, who loved to entertain, had only minimal practical communication with him in later years. One mentioned he “…Ruined the Merced River, but this is what mining engineers were supposed to do in those days.”


Elwyn died May 20 1950 at 79 years